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For love of family, country


August 23. 2013 8:00PM
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   LIMA — There were tears and a few outbursts of laughter as pictures of Army Capt. Dennis Pintor flashed on a screen following a memorial service Friday night.    There were pictures of a young boy with a big smile. Soccer pictures from Elida High School. Pictures having fun with his brother and two sisters, and posing with his parents at his U.S. Military Academy at West Point graduation.    Wedding pictures from four years earlier when he married wife Stacy, and pictures of Pintor with his daughter, Rhea, in a swimming pool. And of course pictures in uniform, serving his country.    “His life was one of integrity, bravery and service. … He was a positive example to us all,” an uncle, David Garrison, said a short time earlier during a memorial service at St. Gerard Catholic Church.    Pintor was killed Oct. 12 in a roadside bombing in Iraq. The company commander of Bravo Company, 20th Engineers serving in Baghdad, Iraq, he had been in Iraq since March.    Family members traveled to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point last week where Pintor was buried on Monday. He was a 1998 West Point graduate and had planned to return as a professor. His family was presented a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart in Pintor’s honor during the burial.    Pintor was a 1992 Elida graduate, and had attended St. Gerard Catholic Church. His parents, Alberto “Bert” and Ellen Pintor, moved from the area in May to live in the Philippines, where Alberto Pintor is from.    A couple hundred people attended the service Friday, all holding candles and singing “Let There Be Peace on Earth” at the end of the service.    Pintor’s love for his country and his family were themes throughout the service.    “He was loved so strongly by so many because he loved,” Garrison said. “He loved his wife and daughter. He loved his family. He loved his country and his Army. He loved life, freedom and the United States.”    While holding their daughter, Stacy Pintor talked of she and Dennis being married at St. Gerard four years ago.    “Dennis was my answered prayer, my piece of heaven. He was truly my soul mate,” she said.    Stacy Pintor said Dennis died doing what he truly believed in and loved — his country, the Army and the desire to do what was right for the people in Iraq.    His brother, Bob Pintor, and sisters, Sara Gartland and Diana Pintor, read from letters and e-mails the family has received since his death. One came from a soldier, writing the family about a memorial service held for Pintor in Iraq. The letter said there were not enough seats for those wanting to attend, some of whom came a great distance over dangerous areas to get to the service.    “Anyone who met him, even briefly, was touched,” the letter read.    “He represented the best of what there is in this country,” a family friend wrote. “He made me proud to be an American, and even more importantly, he made me proud to be human.”





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